Op-Eds and Letters

Dec. 7, 2017 Daily News - On union power, it’s two-faced Bill de Blasio
Oct. 27, 2016 NY Times - For real community policing, let cops do their job
Aug. 16, 2016 NY Daily News: Cops get the short end of de Blasio's stick, again
May 19, 2016

The Staten Island Advance published an op-ed column by Pat Lynch that says the support that police officers need from the Mayor is in actions…not just words.

Jan. 5, 2016 CCRB members are public officials, thus voting records should be transparent

Oct. 24, 2015

In an op-ed column in the Post, Pat Lynch says that criminals like the one who murdered P.O. Randolph Holder once again feel emboldened to carry and use guns, and that police officers need sustained, meaningful support from City Hall — not just words of praise when a tragedy occurs — in order to restore order on the streets.

Jan. 19, 2015

In a letter to the editor of Crain's New York Business, Pat Lynch challenges the magazine's description of the legislation to improve Tier 3 accident disability benefits as a "pension sweetener."

Jan. 15, 2015

The NY Post ran a letter to the editor from Pat Lynch objecting to their Tier 3 editorial called “Paying Off Police” and calling for the equalization of benefits for all police officers.

Dec. 20, 2014

In an op-ed column in the Post, Pat Lynch says that it is unfair to expect police officers to tone down their frustrations until those stirring up anti-police attitudes do the same.

Dec. 17, 2014

In a letter to the New York Times, Pat Lynch responded to the paper's editorial calling on Governor Cuomo to veto a bill that would restore police officers' right to bargain over disciplinary issues.  Lynch called the legislation a matter of fairness that will "simply return to police officers the same rights enjoyed by all other public-sector employees in the state."

Dec. 6, 2014

Pat Lynch's op-ed piece "The Opposite of Respect: Mayor's Empty Words on Cops" was published in the NY Post.

Nov. 10, 2014

In an opinion piece placed in both the Times and Chief Leader, Pat Lynch calls upon the city to adequately arm and train police officers to protect themselves and the public from the newest generation of terrorist attacks.

Oct. 6, 2014

In an op-ed column in the NY Post, Pat Lynch address the underlying, cynical message of activists, politicians and talking heads who continuously insist that “not all cops are bad” or “the majority of cops do the job correctly” which effectively overshadows the fact that all police officers perform work selflessly and courageously.

Sept. 15, 2014

In an op-ed piece in the Daily News, Pat Lynch lays out the problems that exist with the CCRB from a police officer’s perspective and calls for  “basic fairness” in the process and penalties for those who file baseless and/or false complaints against officers.

Sept. 9, 2014

Following the admission of a former Deputy Inspector that he was a gang banger and concealed information about the murder of Police Officer Ed Byrne, Pat Lynch fired off a letter to the Post slamming former D.I . Pegues to express the disgust and disdain of all honest, hard working police officers.  The Post’s follow up story included some of Lynch’s remarks and the whole letter is yet to be published.  Read the whole letter here and see the Post article here.

Aug. 17, 2014

In an open letter in the Post, Pat Lynch slammed UFT President Michael Mulgrew's decisi‎on to involve his union in Al Sharpton's march in response to the death of Eric Garner, which has nothing to do with teachers.

Jun. 17, 2014

Letter to the editor of the Daily News re  Editorial “Too Rich For Our Blood”

Jun. 10, 2014

Letter to the editor of the New York Post in response to their news story “Sneaky $35m Bid to Boost Cop Pensions.”

Apr. 1, 2014

In a letter to the New York Post, blames the previous administration’s failure to heed the PBA’s warnings about the damaging effects of activity quotas for the imposition of the federal monitor.

Feb. 11, 2014

The Chief Leader publishes a letter from PBA president Pat Lynch who corrects the record on PERB awards explaining that the class hired at a reduced rate was paid in full, retroactively, in the next arbitration award while the rest of our members received a significant wage increase.

Oct. 7, 2013

Pat Lynch tells the city in the Daily News that the problem with Stop and Frisk stems from a dramatic reduction in the size of the police force and the establishment of illegal quotas that has created so much ill-will between police and the community.

Jun. 14, 2013

In a full-page “advertorial” in the Chief Leader, Pat Lynch makes the case for the extension of the Taylor Law provisions that give police officers the right to go to binding arbitration.

May 28, 2013

In a letter to the Chief Leader, Pat Lynch notes that all three PERB arbitration awards exceeded the alleged “pattern” set by the city. After some nitpicking, the editor of the Chief agrees that he was mistaken.

Feb. 12, 2013

An abridged version of Pat Lynch’s reaction to the horrid verdict in the murder of Peter Figoski is published in the Daily News.  Read the full version here.

May 16, 2010

Pat Lynch's letter to the editor of the New York Post on the alleged turnaround of a cop-killer

Feb. 4, 2010

In an op-ed piece published by the Daily News, Pat Lynch warns the city that further reductions in NYPD staffing will result in more dangerous streets and a return to the "Bad Old Days" of high crime in NYC.

Dec. 11, 2008

In an opinion article in the Daily News, Pat Lynch argues that "pols must remember that it’s better to be safe than sorry."

April 26, 2008

Pat Lynch's letter to the Editor of the Post, and other letters of support.

Feb. 15, 2008

The Chief publishes a letter-to-the-editor by Pat Lynch criticizing the newspaper for an article in the previous issue that reached pro-management conclusions.

Nov. 27, 2007

The New York Post publishes a letter-to-the-editor from Pat Lynch responding to a Post editorial: "We expect the city of New York to obey the Taylor Law and to pay police a salary that is comparable to what other local professional police departments earn," the letter read in part. "We expect to be able to live decently, not luxuriously, in the city that we protect on our police salary."

Nov. 9, 2007

The New York Post publishes a letter by Pat Lynch responding to a Post editorial. It read in part: "You can't have it both ways. You can't say that our work gives the city value and then refuse to credit us with it in negotiations. Competitive pay for police officers is a good investment in public safety that will pay dividends for years to come."

Sept. 21, 2007

In the PBA's full-page advertisement in The Chief, Pat Lynch calls for the City and the department to start treating police officers as the professionals that they are.

Sept. 15, 2007

Daily News editorial "New York in Danger" on 9/15/07 erroneously blames the PBA and Pat Lynch for the retention and recruiting crisis face by the NYPD. Pat Lynch responded immediately to the Daily News with a letter that the Daily News, so far, refuses to print.

Aug. 17, 2007

In the PBA's full-page advertisement in The Chief, Pat Lynch points out how the PBA's goals are endorsed by the Taylor Law.

July 13, 2007

PBA advertisement in Chief-Leader: "Underestimated Revenues + Overestimated Expenses = Budgets Unfair to Police Officers"

July 6, 2007

A letter-to-the-editor by Pat Lynch appears in the New York Post: “The problem facing the NYPD is an inability to keep senior police officers and the job and to attract new ones. The solution is to raise the top pay to a level competitive with the pay offered by neighboring police departments,” the letter said in part.

July 5, 2007

A letter-to-the-editor by Pat Lynch appears in the Daily News: “This union has sounded the alarm for seven years that unless the city pays a top salary competitive with other police departments, it will continue to lose veterans and will not be able to attract new officers to replace them,” the letter said in part.

June 15, 2007

The PBA’s regular monthly ad page appears in The Chief, with the headline, “After Years of Denial, NYPD Brass Wakes up to ‘Serious’ Recruitment and Retention Problem.”

June 10, 2007

A letter by Pat Lynch appears in the Daily News’s “Voice of the People.”

May 11, 2007

PBA ad in Chief-Leader: "Attrition Bargaining: Another City Creation That Violates the Taylor Law?"

May 1, 2007

A letter-to-the-editor by Lynch is published in The New York Post in a response to a Post editorial: “The NYPD is shrinking,” Lynch writes. “It can’t hire enough new recruits, and veterans are quitting at the rate of nearly 1,000 a year. Paying a top salary that competes with other local police departments is the only way to solve those problems.”

Apr. 13, 2007

The Chief Leader: Pat Lynch’s column/ad addresses issues of parity wars and cites a rash of assaults against police officers that underscores why police should be treated differently at the bargaining table.

Mar. 16, 2007

A letter-to-the-editor by Pat Lynch appears in the New York Post. “At top pay, a New York City cop earns $59.000, while other local police earn between $68,000 and $94,000. Nearly 1,000 experienced cops a year quit for better paying jobs,” Lynch writes in part. Second installment of a PBA page, a paid ad called “Setting the Record Straight,” appears in The Chief-Leader.

Feb. 15, 2007

Pat Lynch writes an op/ed column in the Daily News pointing out that the only way to keep veteran police officers from fleeing the NYPD for better-paying departments is to hike veteran police salaries: “If we fail to make police pay competitive, the NYPD will continue to shrink in size and experience, and the great strides in crime-fighting achieved over the past decade will be lost.”

Feb. 14, 2007

Pat Lynch’s photo and letter-to-the-editor appear in the New York Post in response to the paper’s wrong-headed editorial two days earlier: “The low starting salary is not the problem; NYPD officers are woefully underpaid at every level.” Of the other letters published in the same space, three out of four support Lynch’s position.

Feb. 9, 2007

In a paid full-page advertisement in the Chief-Leader, Pat Lynch writes: "This newspaper’s pro-management stance has become so bad that we decided to publish our own regular column dedicated to doing what the above headline says, “Setting the record straight.”

Jan. 20, 2007

Daily News: "Don't hit me over cop pay". Read Pat Lynch's letter to the editor.

May 25, 2006

A letter-to-the-editor by Pat Lynch is published in The New York Post correcting the paper¹s assertion in a May 22 editorial that New York City police officer benefits are "substantially more generous" than the benefits in suburban departments: "But we can¹t blame you for that misapprehension," Lynch writes in part, "because you are just repeating the city¹s propaganda...But the PERB chairman was not persuaded that NYPD benefits 'are so different from other communities and entities to which comparisons are made as to close the pay gap.'

Jan. 27, 2006

Letter from Pat Lynch to the Editor of the Chief: "City Won’t Pay Cops Fairly"

Sept. 30, 2005

The Chief publishes a letter by Lynch contradicting an article in the newspaper's last issue that suggested the PBA "was willing to sell out the unborn" in the PERB arbitration.

Feb. 16, 2005

The New York Times publishes a letter-to-the-editor by Pat Lynch, commenting on the city's proposal to use real estate tax revenues to finance the West Side stadium project: "...We are in binding arbitration over the police officers' contract, which expired 30 months ago; one of the main issues being considered by the state arbitrator is the ability to pay. Clearly, this kind of fiscal manipulation demonstrates that the city had the ability to pay but lacks the willingness."

Feb. 13, 2005

The Daily News publishes an opinion piece by Pat Lynch in which he argues against a proposal to restore voting rights to convicted felons, incarcerated or on parole. A lawsuit by imprisoned cop-killer Anthony Bottoms seeking to regain his voting rights "brought the debate to our attention," Lynch writes. "...In killing two brave New York City police officers, he denied them their right to 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.' He killed their opinions and he killed their votes. Anthony Bottom has voted with bullets and doesn't deserve to vote again."

Jan. 31, 2004

The Daily News publishes an op-ed page column by Pat Lynch explaining why Police Commissioner Kelly's rush to judgement in the Stansbury case was wrong.

June 11, 2003

The New York Times publishes a letter by Pat Lynch in response to the paper's June 4 article, "To Embattled Mayor, Tickets Are the Hottest Issue in Town." The letter in part: "Regardless of what the mayor, the police commissioner or their spin doctors say, police officers have written significantly more summonses in the first four months of this year than last. Every police officer in this city can tell you that he or she is under great pressure to write more summonses."

Jan. 14, 2003

The Daily News publishes an op/ed-page article by Pat Lynch urging the enactment of legislation freeing the NYPD of budget politics by establishing minimum staffing levels and creating a dedicated funding stream.

Dec. 5, 2002

The New York Post publishes a letter-to-the-editor by Pat Lynch criticizing the NYPD's expenditure of millions on recruiting as "a colossal waste of valuable dollars…Make New York City police officers' pay equal to those of surrounding police departments who make more, and the NYPD will have tens of thousands of well-qualified young people who would serve…with pride as one of New York's Finest."